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Our Genealogical Helper for Blue Bend ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Blue Bend (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Blue Bend. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Blue Bend ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Blue Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for Blue Bend: Blue Bnd.

Newspapers Published in Blue Bend ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blue Bend, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blue Bend.

Cemeteries Near Blue Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blue Bend.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Blue Bend covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Morning Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mountain Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Watts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Hoke Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SW Rosewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Kellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SW Old Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenbrier Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Lewis Tunnel Cemetery   [Map]     


       

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Blue Bend in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blue Bend.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Blue Bend, with the one closest to Blue Bend listed first.

Alvon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Blue Bend
 - 1895 population of 109 people
 - Alvon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sue   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Blue Bend
 - Sue had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mapledale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Blue Bend
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Mapledale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Falling Spring   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blue Bend
 - 1895 population of 55 people (with 208 people in 2016)
 - Falling Spring had a post office and no railroad service
 
Frankford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Blue Bend
 - Frankford had a post office and no railroad service
 
White Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Blue Bend
 - 1895 population of 550 people (with 2,420 people in 2016)
 - White Sulphur Springs had a post office and railroad service
 
Renicks Valley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Blue Bend
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Renicks Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Locust   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Blue Bend
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Locust had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Blue Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue Bend in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Blue Bend is located in Greenbrier County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

Below are the counties that are near Blue Bend. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Blue Bend:

  DirectionDistance
Greenbrier     (The home county for Blue Bend)
      Anthony   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Unus   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ronceverte   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Fayette
      Spring Dale   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Monroe
      Hollywood   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Nicholas
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Huntersville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Edray   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cass   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Summers
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Webster
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Alleghany (VA)
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Bath (VA)
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bolar (VA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Yost (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Botetourt (VA)
      Salisbury (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fincastle (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Daleville (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Troutville (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Craig (VA)
      New Castle (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abbott (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Blue Bend, see our County-by-County Page for Blue Bend.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Blue Bend:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of West Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Botetourt County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Craig County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Greenbrier County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Greenbrier County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from West Virginia
 
Also see Diaster Stories for ...
      Virginia

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Blue Bend. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Blue Bend. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Blue Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9218, Longitude: -80.2687     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Bend have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Blue Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blue Bend.